Lightroom/Camera Raw: Proper handling of Fuji RAF files for sharpening

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It is widely known that trying to sharpen Fuji RAF files from their X-Trans II sensor is not done properly, as adobe hasn't built in proper handling for the file.  

There are several products on the market now that DO handle RAF files properly when sharpening. 
When is Adobe going to get on board with this?
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LR's default sharpening is set up for Bayer type sensors used by Nikon, Canon etc so I am not sure how Adobe could handle that type of sensor and the Fuji X-trans...but surely they are clever enough?  Anyhow with the Fuji XT2 which is an X-trans III sensor Fuji jpegs are very sharp and by comparing RAF and jpeg Fine versions of the same image I have found that applying a sharpening preset on import to the RAF gives an acceptable result.  I use Amount 40, Radius 1.0 (the default), Detail 40, Masking 30. I then may alter the masking on individual images depending on the subject.  I never had a camera with an X-trans II sensor but I have read that the Detail needs to be higher, perhaps 60?  Hope that helps.
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This is issue for me too. I am getting a way better pictures when shooting directly to jpegs than from Lightroom processed RAWs. What a shame...
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DP HOME

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use x-transformer from Iridient = $30... a little hassle but so much to gain (including switching off undesired optics corrections parameters_
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dwbmb

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Works terrible on Android tablet (not at all). Already tried on Windows but was not so satisfied with results.
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DP HOME

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our mileage is certainly different (but I naturally don't use any tablets for raw conversion because of their poor CPU/GPU performance)
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dwbmb

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Totally agree. I like Lightroom CC for importing on the go on the long trips on foot and sorting them on my long way home. Tablets are no comparison for a PC in performance but in portability.
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Amount 40 is a bit too much, you should be good with 25.
I try to not change any sharpening setting, just toss the 40 value which is the new default.
Iridient X Transformer helps a little bit, but not much. It is relatively inexpensive and you can try it out.
The best RAW transformer for RAF is Capture One. The latest v11 is just amazing for this. I wish Adobe team would be able to get something as good -- NO WORM EFFECT.
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For those interested in a real life example of the evil 40, have a look at this PNG.

On the right, LR with default setting, on the left Unsharp Mask 100/1/1 with the RAF opened with 0 amount of details.

Click on the image for fullsize.
Lightroom 7 vs Photoshop RAF sharpening
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I'm on the verge of leaving for Capture 1 because of this. I can get it looking almost acceptable with A LOT of tweaking. Capture 1, or even SOOC jpeg can get it right first time.
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I would do if Creative Cloud hadn't just lost all of my files...
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This is after a lot (30 mins) of tweaking in Lightroom, I'll do a similar for at import and with no sharpening etc. Capture 1 was with no extra work. Shot was at 200iso too.

Full photo for reference:
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Wait... what? How come you lost all your files?
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Lewis Craik

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No idea - I went to attach the files and my Creative Cloud folder was gone. I looked in Finder and it was gone. It came back after a restart though.
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Lewis Craik

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This was before tweaking the sharpening.
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Same here! Even Luminar does a stellar job with RAF in terms of rendering and sharpening. Adobe on the other hand, not so much. Foliage is a nightmare! Looks like someone went ballistic with a paintbrush and green watercolors. Adobe should win a prize for having the worst rendering of RAF files ever.
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Have you tried to put deait slider at 0-10 (default was 50) and leave sharpenign arround 35-60 depending from the image?
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I have tried numerous different settings. Nothing can mitigate the watercolor effect, though.
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I fixed the problem.

I went back to Nikon with the Z7. Resolution and sharpening are no longer an issue, among other things.